West Virginia wins fifth consecutive title at NCAA Rifle Championships
COLUMBUS, Ohio — The No. 2-ranked West Virginia University rifle team claimed its fifth consecutive NCAA title in commanding fashion over the weekend, shooting a championship-record 4723 aggregate score at the 2017 NCAA Rifle Championships inside Ohio State’s French Field House.
Owning a two-shot advantage thanks to a winning, 2336 smallbore score shot, WVU secured its nation-best 19th women’s rifle national championship with a season-high 2387 air rifle score. This marks the second consecutive season and third time in four years that the Mountaineers have swept the team discipline titles.
The Mountaineers’ NCAA championship five-peat is the third in the sport since 1980. WVU previously won six consecutive titles from 1988-1993, and Alaska-Fairbanks won six in a row from 1999-2004.
In addition to the team title, freshman Milica Babic became the second Mountaineer rookie in as many days to win an individual title, as she shot 208.1 in the final to claim the 2017 NCAA air rifle championship.
Classmate Morgan Phillips, who won the NCAA smallbore title with a 464.3 final score, finished second behind Babic with a 207.2 mark. The final two shots were tight between the roommates, as each shot a 10.9 in the second-to-last shot.
For her efforts all weekend, Phillips earned the NCAA Championships’ Top Performer Award.
No. 1-ranked TCU finished second overall with a 4706 score. The Horned Frogs also placed second in air rifle (2372). No. 3 Murray State finished third overall with a 4692 total.
— West Virginia Athletics